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Sat Nov 18, 2017, 05:31 AM

Your opinion please: What if there were no life-time appointments for judges?

I think, the one big political problem of the US as a whole is that every political decision is turned into a high-stakes-decision, and this leads to extremist hyperpartisanship, from the highest elected officials down to the voters.

For example: Elections are winner-takes-all.

For example: Only two political parties to choose from. (Vote-wasters don't count.)

For example: SCOTUS-Judges are life-time appointments.



My proposal is simple: No life-time appointments. A judge is appointed to SCOTUS for 20 years or so, after which he's automatically retired.
For example: That's how it's done in Germany. At the highest court, you serve one 12-year term and then you get replaced by a new guy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Constitutional_Court#Appointment_of_judges

I think this would take some of the hyperpartisanship out of the courts. And it would mean that ideological judges like Scalia and Gorsuch aren't around until they drop dead.

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Reply Your opinion please: What if there were no life-time appointments for judges? (Original post)
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Sat Nov 18, 2017, 05:36 AM

1. Constitutional Amendment

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